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  • I trust you didn’t take her facetious remarks seriously.
  • You must not think me necessarily foolish because I am facetious, nor will I consider you necessarily wise because you are grave.
    Sydney Smith
  • Daugherty wasn’t being facetious. He was serious.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • MAMA: (Sensing their facetiousness) What’s the matter with you all?
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun

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  • This was because Wildfire was one of the Cooler Circuit substations, known facetiously as the Top Twenty.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • An oath or two, cat-calls, jeers and bits of facetious advice were given in reply.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • You’ve got a good ear," I said, I thought facetiously.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • Then, toward sunset, coming down from the mountain where he had been felling timber, he had been caught by some strayed revellers and drawn into the group by the lake, where Mattie, encircled by facetious youths, and bright as a blackberry under her spreading hat, was brewing coffee over a gipsy fire.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • "Sure," I said facetiously, "I count them every day."
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • By contrast, I was still very much feeling my oats, in every sense of that expression, and had to bring a facetious attitude not only to the whole idea of the editorial side of book publishing, which my fatigued eyes now saw plainly as lusterless drudgery, but to the style, customs and artifacts of the business world itself.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • , "make one; that is the usual way, is it not?" and the king laughed facetiously.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • But I think she’s being facetious.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • And, with that, aunty gave George a nudge with her finger, designed to be immensely facetious, and turned again to her griddle with great briskness.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • But, making Oliver cry, Noah attempted to be more facetious still; and in his attempt, did what many sometimes do to this day, when they want to be funny.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • With the passionate song of the bullets and the banshee shrieks of shells were mingled loud catcalls and bits of facetious advice concerning places of safety.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • Bill seemed to have forgotten his forebodings of the previous night, and even waxed facetious with the dogs when, at midday, they overturned the sled on a bad piece of trail.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • He seemed to be in a facetious mood, and I expected some jeers were coming.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Scrooge resumed his labours with an improved opinion of himself, and in a more facetious temper than was usual with him.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • Don’t be facetious, girl!
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • The discourse was resumed presently, but it went lame and halting, all possibility of impressiveness being at an end; for even the gravest sentiments were constantly being received with a smothered burst of unholy mirth, under cover of some remote pew-back, as if the poor parson had said a rarely facetious thing.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • A chance meeting, a service rendered, a happy phrase, a knack of facetious mimicry, and a man’s career might be made in a trice.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Charles, who was not of a facetious turn, did not shine at the wedding.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • As Rosemary returned the gaze the man dislodged the monocle, which went into hiding amid the facetious whiskers of his chest, and poured himself a glass of something from a bottle in his hand.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • We might have treated this subject in the genteel, or in the romantic, or in the facetious manner.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • This therefore was the reason why the still comparatively young though dissolute man who now addressed Stephen was spoken of by some with facetious proclivities as Lord John Corley.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The two honest men (for so let me now distinguish them) thought their three countrymen only jested, and one of them invited them in, to see their fine habitations; while the other facetiously told them ’that since they built tenements with great improvements, they should, according to the custom of lords, give them a longer lease;’ at the same time desiring them to fetch a scriviner to draw the writings.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • However, he took affairs as coolly as it was in human nature to do, and entertained himself with the facetious idea of the training more than once.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • Secondly: People ashore have indeed some indefinite idea that a whale is an enormous creature of enormous power; but I have ever found that when narrating to them some specific example of this two-fold enormousness, they have significantly complimented me upon my facetiousness; when, I declare upon my soul, I had no more idea of being facetious than Moses, when he wrote the history of the plagues of Egypt.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • "Sulk at you?" said Mr. Glegg, in a tone of angry facetiousness.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Mallinson enunciated the proposition a shade nervously; but Barnard, the American, chose to be heavily facetious.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • He pointed out—writing in a foolish, facetious tone—that the perfection of mechanical appliances must ultimately supersede limbs; the perfection of chemical devices, digestion; that such organs as hair, external nose, teeth, ears, and chin were no longer essential parts of the human being, and that the tendency of natural selection would lie in the direction of their steady diminution through the coming ages.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • With a facetious smile on his face, he was telling the ladies about last Wednesday’s meeting of the Imperial Council, at which Sergey Kuzmich Vyazmitinov, the new military governor general of Petersburg, had received and read the then famous rescript of the Emperor Alexander from the army to Sergey Kuzmich, in which the Emperor said that he was receiving from all sides declarations of the people’s loyalty, that the declaration from Petersburg gave him particular pleasure, and that he…
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • I’m being kind of facetious.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • "You mean that purple zebra!" shrieked Axia facetiously.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • "It is quite true," said the curate, who saw the object of his friend the barber; and Cardenio, Don Fernando and his companions agreed with him, and even the Judge, if his thoughts had not been so full of Don Luis’s affair, would have helped to carry on the joke; but he was so taken up with the serious matters he had on his mind that he paid little or no attention to these facetious proceedings.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • He took great notice of me, called on me often to converse on those subjects, carried me to the Horns, a pale alehouse in —— Lane, Cheapside, and introduced me to Dr. Mandeville, author of the "Fable of the Bees," who had a club there, of which he was the soul, being a most facetious, entertaining companion.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • The jefe said with facetious brightness, ’A little blood never hurt anyone.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • I asked facetiously.
    Chris Crutcher  --  Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
  • "Maybe he’s fishing," Dish Boggett said facetiously.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • There was no word assigned to any of them, but on the evening when Hurstwood was housing himself in the loft of the street-car barn, the leading comedian and star, feeling exceedingly facetious, said in a profound voice, which created a ripple of laughter: "Well, who are you?"
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • He is facetiously understood to entertain a passion for a lady at a cigar-shop in the neighbourhood of Chancery Lane and for her sake to have broken off a contract with another lady, to whom he had been engaged some years.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • We passed the scattered box-like cabins of the brickyard hands, and the long tenement-row facetiously called "The Ark," and were soon in the open country, and on the confines of the great plantations of other days.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Ralph had usually treated it facetiously; but present circumstances proscribed the facetious.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • ’You are facetious, sir,’ said Nicholas, scornfully.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Muskrat Castle, as the house had been facetiously named by some waggish officer, stood in the open lake, at a distance of fully a quarter of a mile from the nearest shore.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • The man in seat 6 was a noisy fellow, inclined to be facetious and boisterous, and Poirot asked the girl in a low voice if she would like to change seats with him.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • And so in any event he would embellish all his facial expressions with the offer of a conditional, a provisional smile whose expectant subtlety would exonerate him from the charge of being a simpleton, if the remark addressed to him should turn out to have been facetious.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • This altogether admirable tradition rules the vaudeville stage, facetious illustrators, and syndicated newspaper humor, but out of actual life it passed forty years ago.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • There was an excuse for his remaining, for when the threshed rick drew near its final sheaves a little ratting was always done, and men unconnected with the threshing sometimes dropped in for that performance—sporting characters of all descriptions, gents with terriers and facetious pipes, roughs with sticks and stones.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • To say the truth, these soporific parts are so many scenes of serious artfully interwoven, in order to contrast and set off the rest; and this is the true meaning of a late facetious writer, who told the public that whenever he was dull they might be assured there was a design in it.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
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